BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (8-7, 2-5 ACC) earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Virginia Tech on the road on Sunday.
“I was really proud with how we dug our heels in today,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Getting a road win in the ACC is never easy, even more so when some injuries are keeping our lineup from being full. That was a hard-earned win against a feisty ACC team, and we definitely got better today and over the weekend as a whole.”
The Seminoles earned the doubles point thanks to two 7-5 winning matches on courts one and two.
After court three suffered a 3-6 loss, Petra Hule and Anna Arkadianou outlasted Katie Andreini and Annie Clark on court one, 7-5.
With all eyes on court two, Vic Allen and Kinah Motosono scored a big break at 5-5 after climbing out of a 0-3 hole early. Up 6-5, Allen served out the match to secure the crucial doubles point.
The Hokies tied it after the Seminoles could not field a player on court six due to injury.
“We got off to a slow start in doubles, but found our way back at one and two,” Hyde said. “Being down 0-1 before the match even starts certainly gives that doubles point another degree of importance and we did well to fight for it and take it. We worked really hard for it, and it was an added boost heading into singles.”
In singles, 16th-ranked Hule controlled her match on court one, winning 6-0, 7-5 to put FSU up 2-1.
After falling 4-6 in the first set on court two, Allen bounced back to take the second and third sets, 6-2, 6-3, making it 3-1.
Arkadianou dropped her second set 3-6 after cruising to a 6-0 win in the first. Up 3-2 with the potential match-clinching point on the line, Arkadianou controlled the set and finished with a 6-3 win in the third to seal the victory for the Noles.
On court four, Motosono won the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-1) but fell 3-6 in the second and 4-6 in the third.
Lancelot also grinded out a 7-6 (7-1) win in the first, dropped her final two sets 1-6, 2-6.
“We jumped out to some first set leads on most courts,” Hyde said. “But, VT fought their way back in a few spots. The top did a great job of stepping up play as the matches got deeper and executing very well on some big points.”
The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee to host No. 5 Duke on March 25 at 4 p.m. and No. 1 North Carolina at 12 p.m. on March 27.
Friday’s match against the Blue Devils will serve at the ‘Paint it Pink’ match.
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Florida State 8-7; National ranking #59
Virginia Tech Women’s Tennis 5-10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)